Who We Are

We envision a world in which each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally.

Guiding Principles

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“It seems to me that every person, always, is in a kind of informal partnership with his community.”

Charles Stewart Mott

The Capacity for Accomplishment

Charles Stewart Mott was an automotive pioneer, community leader and philanthropist who cared about innovation, a just society and the strength of communities. Today, Mott Foundation employees in four offices in the U.S., England and South Africa continue his work on a global scale. By supporting nonprofits dedicated to civil society, education, the environment and our hometown of Flint, we aim to strengthen what Mr. Mott called “the capacity for accomplishment.”

Through the Years

Nearly a Century of Giving

Over more than nine decades, the Mott Foundation has sought to advance and strengthen the well-being of all aspects of community — from individuals and families to the institutions that serve them. We continue to refine our work to reflect changing conditions in our hometown of Flint and communities around the world. Learn more about how we pursue our mission of promoting a just, equitable and sustainable society.

Explore our Timeline History and Founder

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Students participating in the Mott-funded YouthQuest afterschool program in Flint take a hands-on approach to art.
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Our People

“The philosophy of the Mott Foundation can be boiled down to just one word — people.”
C.S. Harding Mott

Trustees & Staff